Braid Health and Wellbeing
Supporting, elderly, vulnerable and isolated individuals
Positively enhancing the ageing process
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Braid Health and Wellbeing provides a digital and physical space for everyone in need of support as they transition through life’s stages. We are a vibrant and forward-thinking charitable organisation, positively enhancing the ageing process for elderly, isolated and vulnerable individuals. It is our goal to offer the very best health and wellbeing support for those living within West Lothian and beyond.
Supporting the Elderly
We support people over the age of 60 and their carers, as well as anyone who is facing an early onset diagnosis of dementia, Parkinson’s diseases or any other age related condition. We are here to support your mental and physical health at every stage. We offer a wide variety of support services, ensuring that you can access support in a way that works for you.
Calendar of Activities
We run lots of activity sessions within our centre on a weekly and occasional basis. Activities include relaxation classes, exercise classes, art classes with our resident artist, a singing group, knitting classes, therapy dogs, cinema days and performances from singers, magicians and musicians. Some activities are accessible via Zoom. Check out our activity calendar here.
Life Skills Courses
Our Life Skills Courses are an opportunity for individuals to learn and re-learn life skills such as making the bed, making a cup of tea, putting on washing and developing their digital skills. Please contact us to find out more.
Who do we support?
Many of those we support have complex care needs including dementia, Parkinson’s disease, have had a stroke or have another age-related condition. Some of our clients have mental health concerns such as depression, anxiety and loneliness. We are here to support any isolated, vulnerable individual who needs our help.
We welcome clients from anywhere in Scotland, we even support people who live in the Western Isles via our weekly Digital Support group. Our Day Service is based within Livingston and we run outreach support across West Lothian. No matter where you are, we will find a way to support your wellbeing.
How are we funded?
It is our goal to offer the very best health and wellbeing support for those living within West Lothian. In order to do this, we seek income from a variety of sources. We receive funding for our Day Care Service from West Lothian Council which supports those clients who meet their referral criteria. Private Day Care clients are charged £38 per day for this service.
In 2020 we launched our fundraising program and since then we have grown a number of income streams including grant funding, individual giving and community fundraising. We would be so grateful to anyone who is willing to support the organisation. Check out our Support Us page for lots of ideas on how you can help elderly, vulnerable and isolated individuals across West Lothian.
We work with a number of local and national organisations in various ways such as running projects together and setting up reciprocal referral pathways. These are great organisations to contact for further support:
West Lothian 50+ Network
The Food Train
Ears Independent Advocacy
The Bridge / Stepping Stones to Wellbeing
Carers of West Lothian
Citizens Advice Bureau West Lothian
Health in Mind 55+
“Excellent caring staff who give your family members the care and help they need to enjoy some much needed company”
“The meals and activities were great during lockdown. Braid Health and Wellbeing really go the extra mile. Jimmy loves being back at the centre. When I picked him up on Monday, he was laughing away!”
“I know how extremely hard you work and how much of a vital service you guys provide to a lot of my patients, it’s lovely we can get a nice treat and help out too”